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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks lost for the 7th time in 8 games, but this may have been the first game they have actually tanked in the traditional sense. No Carmelo, Derrick Rose or Lance Thomas tonight. New York is tied with Sacramento for the 6th worst record in the NBA.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki said the flagrant 2 ruling against J.J. Barea was "just weak. ... It's tough to tell these days in this league what's a flagrant 1, what's a tech. I'm lost, and I think so are the refs."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Referee Bill Spooner on J.J. Barea's flagrant 2 foul committed against Blake Griffin:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks engineer an 8-0 run in the third quarter to cut Portland's lead to 13. Nice job by a lineup featuring Kyle O'Quinn, Justin Holiday and Rob Baker.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow. I hope the 'trade Carmelo' crowd watched the first half of Knicks-Blazers. New York, without Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, is down 21 and has allowed 67 points.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 97, Clippers 95 (final). J.J. Redick jumper at the buzzer was long. Seth Curry (23 points, 4 assists) starred as Dallas' starting PG.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Class of 1998 Reunion: No. 9 overall pick Dirk Nowitzki and No. 10 Paul Pierce have been guarding each other for a stretch of this tight second half in Dallas ...

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Class of 1998 Reunion: Nowitzki and Pierce guarding each other here in Dallas late in the third quarter ...

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This is a good opportunity for Mindaugas Kuzminskas to show what he can do in extended minutes. Tough start for both Kuzminskas and Billy Hernangomez on defense thus far; Knicks trail the Blazers, 10-4, and Portland has gotten easy looks after defensive miscues from both rookies.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

J.J. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 and tossed after a push to the neck that sent Blake Griffin sprawling. Barea laughed at the ruling.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

DeRozan shot difficulty since Lowry injury has been ludicrous, but he and Raps making it work. Great D. Delon Wright getting interesting.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting tonight for the Knicks: Ron Baker, Courtney Lee, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs go into the half leading 51-42. They've got 16 assists on 21 buckets, and they're shooting 51.2 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Spurs with 11 points. Kawhi Leonard has 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Spurs end the opening quarter ahead 27-22 with LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way (9 points on 4 of 8). Kawhi Leonard took just three shots, and finished the first quarter with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. San Antonio didn't turn over the ball at all in the first, while Memphis turned it over 4 times, good for 4 Spurs points. I

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Military Appreciation night is always a big one here in San Antonio, aka Military City, USA.